Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Engineering Project Managers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Apple Computer, Inc enjoy much larger paychecks — $169K on average versus $85K annually. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Schlumberger, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Engineering Project Managers typically earn around $133K, $128K, or $120K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,646 - $124,496
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$58K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,969
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$18.95 - $62.51
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,646 - $124,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,280  
Profit Sharing
$492.71 - $11,629  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$57,129 - $133,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,013
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Hourly Rate
$18.95 - $62.51  
   
Overtime
$24.16 - $65.07  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,280  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$492.71 - $11,629  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$57,129 - $133,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805
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Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering

  • Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
  • Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
  • Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
  • Translate customer requirements into product strategy.

Common Career Paths for Project Manager, Engineering


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It's not very common for Engineering Project Managers to move on to become VPs of Engineering. Average pay for a VP of Engineering is $154K annually. With an annual salary of $116K, Engineering Senior Project Manager is the most common role for Engineering Project Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Civil Engineer role — which usually pays $60K — is also typical for Engineering Project Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Project Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Budget Management, Contractor Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Engineering Project Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $69K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. For Engineering Project Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Project Managers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Engineering Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Denver (+5 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Pittsburgh (+3 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Atlanta (5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries




Microsoft Project
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Technical Analysis
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$87,000

Design
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Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1502 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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